Monnaie de Paris (French Mint) has reopened on October 1st 2017, after several years of works and the result is fabulous. It's a 21st century museum in a prestigious 18th century listed building.
Monnaie de Paris is France's longest standing institution and the oldest enterprise in the world! The Parisian workshop was founded in 864 and has stayed in continuous operation since then. Isn't it amazing?
The visit of 11 Conti (the museum takes its name after its address, 11 quai de Conti, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris), presents the historical collections of Monnaie de Paris and gives a view on the evolution of the different manufacturing techniques. It shows more than 2,000 objects, some of which, such as gold bars, had never been shown before, because of security reasons. The visit is very lively. Thanks to large bay windows, visitors can see craftsmen working in their workshop. Did you know that it takes 10 years to learn the job perfectly. Monnaie de Paris craftsmen have renowned know-how, recognized all over the world. Monnaie de Paris manufactures currencies for more than 40 foreign countries!
I really enjoyed the visit. It was fun discovering the different metals, especially the gold window showing ancient Grec currencies. I absolutely loved the section dedicated to the collaboration with different designers and famous brand. My favorite is the collaboration with Baccarat. The result is stunning.
As I said, the museum is definitely rooted in the 21st century. There are a lot of screens which help understand things. It's a fun way for kids to get interested and involved in the visit. Actually, the kids I saw today seemed rather captivated.
Do not miss the gift shop. There are plenty of nice presents ideas or souvenirs to take back with. The coffee shop is also cute.
11 quai de Conti - 75006 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm (until 9pm on Thursday)